Museo del Tartufo e Centro di Documentazione

The Truffle Museum

The Truffle Museum of San Giovanni d'Asso, a small and characteristic village located between the Crete Senesi and the Val d'Orcia, is the first Italian museum dedicated to this precious fruit of the earth. Housed in the suggestive underground of an ancient castle that dominated the valley of the ace, the exhibition path winds for 250 square meters, between times and walls where traces of frescoes of the first three hundred are still preserved.

The museum offers modern languages ​​using immediate exhibition forms, to offer the visitor the possibility of making a pleasant journey into the complex world of truffle. The first section is dedicated to the "mystery of the truffle" and to the plurality of interpretations it has had over time: from the legend that wanted it originated by lightning to the real scientific definition, the visitor can retrace the fate and luck Of the valuable tuber in the main historical moments. The second section of the Truffle Museum, "Il Truffle and the senses", involves involving sensory experiences through paths affecting the touch, hearing, taste and finally the so-called "odorama", real carousel dedicated to smell.

The visitor thus becomes an active subject of his knowledge in the sensory field, in a game in which truffle becomes almost a pretext to remind us of the presence and importance of the senses themselves to learn about the outside world. The last section of the museum, dedicated to the "truffle at the table", shows the collection techniques, conservation and gastronomic use and offers two split of cooking: the reproduction of a peasant canteen where truffle is tried and a Southborboard, where Instead it is consumed. The documentation center closes the path, in which teaching laboratories, and the exhibition section dedicated to wild herbs that had an important supplementary function of the feed in traditional societies.


Timetable and tickets


Piazza Gramsci, 1
53020 San Giovanni d'Asso


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